Photo: IndyCar Sao Paulo 300's insane fly-over

The following photo was taken on Apr. 29, 2012, during the IndyCar’s Sao Paulo 300 auto race.

Although quite blurry, it shows a Brazilian Air Force AMX A-1 buzzing what I initially thought could only be a helicopter but I later identified as the rooftop of the Holiday Inn Sao Paulo Parque Anhembi, during the traditional race fly-over.

Even if the zoom may give the impression that the fighter bomber is closer than it actually was, I still believe that watching the combat plane and his wingman (not visible in the picture) from the top of the hotel during the fly-by must have been a memorable sight.

At least for an aviation geek.

Image credit: AP Photo/LAT, Michael L. Levitt

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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.